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David Leikam NS Design CR6 Cello

San Francisco Bay Area-based composer-performer and bandleader. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist.

You are the note(s) within music composition and those you select to compose/perform music with you, either live on stage or in the recording studio.

Primary Instruments

He has performed and/or recorded with: Wadada Leo Smith, Pamela Z, Eddie GaleKidd Jordan, Paul WexlerJohn BergamoDoug Ellington, Muruga Booker, James Gurley, Perry Robinson, Sikiru Adepoju, Jon Raskin, Timothy Orr, Patrick Cress, Sheila Bosco, amongst others.


MFA, Music Composer-Performer in African-American Improvisational Music

(Minors in Modern Dance Collaboration/History and Performance Arts.)​

BFA, Music Composition

(Minors in Modern Dance Collaboration, Performance Arts, and Visual Arts construction.)​

RIT, Audio/Sound Engineering/Production - live and studio production with honours.

BIO: Bio
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